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Southport and Formby residents invited to NHS commissioners’ governing body meeting

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invites members of the public to attend its next governing body meeting on Wednesday 7 November:

The meeting will be a chance for people to learn more about the performance of health services in the area as well as hear about future plans and priorities from local commissioners, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said,

“We encourage community members to attend our November meeting to stay up to date with the work we’re doing in the area.

“It is a priority of every CCG to make sure that the public are involved in the decisions we make, one way is for people to come to these meetings and understand commissioning across Southport and Formby.”

The governing body meeting takes place at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport at 1 pm.

Attendees may also be able to ask questions before the meeting formally starts. All governing body agendas and papers are available from the CCG’s website in advance of each meeting.

To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456.


NHS Southport and Formby CCG is a membership organisation made up of 19 GP practices. It became responsible for buying or ‘commissioning’ the majority of local health services on 1 April 2013.

For more information see: or follow us on twitter @NHSSFCCG


Halloween in Formby 2018

Halloween is a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening") and is also known as All Hallows' Eve.

Halloween 2018 Formby

It's a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other academics maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. 

Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related "guising" or "trunk-or-treating"), attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

Enjoy your celebrations. But respect your neighbours, some of them just want to be left undisturbed. 


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Remembrance 2018

Formby Royal British Legion has published the following details about this year's Remembrance services

Royal British Legion

Services at which there will be a member of the Royal British legion present

Sun 11 November

10:55 Formby War Memorial

12:30 Our Lady`s: Polish War Graves


including parade from and to the Gild Hall


NB As 11th November coincides with Remembrance Sunday this year
The following services will not have an officer of the Legion present:

09:30 St.Michael`s Altcar

10:45 Hightown War Memorial

11:10 St.Stephen`s Hightown

12:30 Ince Blundell War Memorial